Macricostas Preserve

More snowshoeing at Macricostas

Looking down the unbroken trail

Looking down the unbroken trail

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

I shot these a few days ago with the Ricoh GR after the last semi-big snowfall that filled in the trail my wife and I made here. Breaking this trail solo was a lot of work but also, a lot of fun.

And, on the back side of the hill the light was low so I got some nice long shadows from trees (and me).

Washed down a few ibuprofen with beer on returning home. And, went out again yesterday to do the entire loop again with my wife, who I think is now hooked on snowshoeing.

Deer tracks and long shadows

Deer tracks and long shadows

Long shadows at Macricostas

Long shadows at Macricostas

Long shadows at Macricostas

Bee Brook frozen over and filled with snow

Bee Brook frozen over and filled with snow

Long shadows on the big field

Long shadows on the big field

Long shadows and me

Long shadows and me

Snowshoeing at Macricostas

Snowshoeing at Macricostas

Anne coming up a steep section of trail, Sony RX100 III

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

My wife swore she’d never hike in the snow or go snowshoeing. But, over the past year she’s been hiking a lot in this great place right down the road from our house. So, what better way to get her to experiment with snowshoeing than to do it at a familiar place.

I figured we’d walk around the hayfield there but we made it all the way to the top. Not a long hike and one she’s done dozens of times before, but in snow it’s a bit tougher. She did very well and I hope she’ll continue with this.

Snowshoeing at Macricostas

Anne on top of Waramaug Rock coming down to the edge for a better view, Sony RX100 III

Water, ice, frozen bubbles, rock

Water, ice, frozen bubbles, rock

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Bee Brook runs from a swamp just east of where I took this picture, then downstream of me here, under a major road (Rt. 202) and through a small valley into the Shepaug River. This is a relatively small brook and it’s easy to get close to it in lots of places along its path.

I just went through about 80 images I shot on this great little brook a few days ago and I thought I had some real keepers in the batch but alas, I tossed most of them.

I’m happy that I’m getting more selective but it can be a bit of a bummer. I did have a particular expectation (moving water) and came close on many images but not close enough to keep and share. I’ll be back there for sure so no doubt I’ll try again.

Turbulence on Bee Brook

Turbulence on Bee Brook

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Bee Brook runs from a swamp just east of where I took this picture, then downstream of me here, under a major road (Rt. 202) and through a small valley into the Shepaug River. This is a relatively small brook and it’s easy to get close to it in lots of places along its path.

I’ve shot many images in this little grotto the brook runs through in Macricostas Preserve but this day I walked up stream about 100 feet from where I usually shoot and an entirely different collection of image possibilities opened up.

I know many reading this know the old photographer’s adage: don’t be lazy, change your viewpoint to see if there’s a better image somewhere else. Well, I did it and it worked, I had a blast standing on a rock shooting the water and I’ll post a bunch from this twenty minute session in the next few days as I sort them out.

Ice at Macricostas

Ice cloud

Ice cloud

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

We went for a walk up to Waramaug Rock and on the way down I found a swampy area that had some nice puddles with ice patterns in it. And, plenty of needle ice along the trail which is always fun to attempt to capture. 3D ice is tough.

I took close to 100 pictures of Bee Brook going over a little waterfall in a grotto and I get overwhelmed attempting to cull and process that many similar images. I’ll get to it…

Happy new year.

Needle ice

Needle ice

Old trees

Old maple tree

Old maple tree

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

We took a short walk up to Waramaug Rock and around the Macricostas loop trail and the fall colors were spectacular. And, they didn’t really do anything for me photographically, just nice to look at.

These old and rotting trees, however, had a lot of appeal and now that I’ve looked carefully at the images, I think I’ll return to them today and take some more shots of different sides of them.

Not that fall colors aren’t part of a decay cycle, but these old trees seem more interesting to me.

Old birch tree

Old birch tree

Macricostas hike

Frozen Lake Waramaug

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Loren and I took a short hike on compacted snow and ice around the Macricostas loop using micro spikes. It’s fantastic to have a nice hike like this so close by (ten minutes down the road from my house).

The “summit” of Waramaug Rock affords a nice view of Lake Waramaug and this day it was completely frozen over with lots of ice fishermen out.

Bee Brook ice locked

Bee Brook ice locked

Ice on Bee Brook

Bee Brook was also quite photogenic although it was tough to get down near the water because the snow and ice would collapse under our feet and going into the brook wasn’t something we wanted to do on a cold day.

Needle ice on the trail

Great needle ice in patches on the trail. All in all a very nice hike and much needed after lazing around Los Angeles in relative heat.

These are high contrast JPEGs right out of the Ricoh GR. Very little processing. Every now and then I prefer these to the RAWs.

Gary on Bee Brook

Gary on Bee Brook

Washington, Connecticut. Our friend Gary Sharp is visiting and we took a walk in Macricostas Preserve, including a detour down into my favorite little grotto on Bee Brook. While my wife Anne waited patiently, Gary and I hiked up and down the bank taking pictures. In the heat of the day this little place is a welcome respite and the images coming from visits there have been consistently good over many years of shooting.